Hello everybody! This may sound odd, but I have outlined nearly the entirety of a story I am working on. My only problem: I still don't know who or what my antagonist is going to be. I was hoping to brainstorm some ideas with everybody here to see if we could come up with an interesting idea. I have run through a bunch of different ideas that I thought didn't go well with my story. Sorry for the length of this post (tl;dr version below). I'm going to try to give you all a few ideas to what exactly is going on in my story: My main character was living a happy, simple life in a small village with his family and love interest when a mysterious creature came to his village to destroy it. The village burned down and while it happened the main character ran into the creature. He creature spoke to him, already knowing the main characters name and it is implied that the only reason he is at the village is to find the main character. The main character panics, and a voice inside his head speaks to him telling him that it's not his time to die. He lost control of his body and grabbed the neck of the creature. Black streams of energy under his skin start to squirm up his arm from the center of the body and eventually reach his arm were they start to rip and tear at his skin until they finally burst through his skin and dug themselves into the neck of the creature, slowing draining it's life force into my main characters body. He is stunned and unaware of what has happened. What we later find out is that his newfound "power" or "curse" gives him different magical powers but at the cost of the only way to gain power is to absorb souls. The plot that I am going with is a Plot of the Mind. My character is conflicted for many reasons; first off, in the back of his mind he is still unaware of what happened to his family and love interest (if they are dead or not), but more importantly is the conflict going on within his body and mind. There is a voice in his mind that is linked to his new power; this voice is telling him to kill and trying to control his body. This is against his morals, but he is starting to realize that it might be the only way for him to become stronger. Some ideas that I have thought about doing: -There is an ultimate (nearly god like) being that is controlling the events that happen in the world around my main character. The only reason that he has his powers is because this being wanted him to; the being's ultimate goal was to end up controlling my main character because the power ends up corrupting him. It doesn't work out the way the being plans, and my main character ends up turning against the being. (PS: The being is trying to save the world) -My main character embraces the fact that he gains stronger by killing and absorbing souls and finds a way to do such that is "less" against his morals. He becomes a "hitman" under apprenticeship to a hitman that he runs into in his travels. He gains strength until a hit goes wrong and he is kidnapped and nearly killed. There was an ambush. I'm not sure why still. Now the questions that need to be answered: Where did his power come from? What does he have to defeat? What is the main character's goal? Do you see a potential for this story that I am looking over? What/Who is the antagonist? tl;dr version: Create a bad guy. Thank you ahead of time for any ideas or input you have to help me out.